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    What’s Love Got To Do With It? Emotional Authority and State Regulation of Interracial/ national Couples in Ireland

    King O'Riain, Rebecca (2018) What’s Love Got To Do With It? Emotional Authority and State Regulation of Interracial/ national Couples in Ireland. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 39 (4). pp. 494-509. ISSN 0725-6868

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    Globalization has increased the mobility of people across national borders and this has increased the number of interracial/national couples where partners do not necessarily have the same races, citizenships, cultures or languages across the globe. When interracial/national couples (both same-sex and heterosexual) try to cross borders to put down family roots, nation states often use emotions and citizenship laws to assert their authority to control the boundaries of the population, worker movement and to protect ‘national’ culture from multiracialism. Challenges to state authority are increasing and some states respond by trying to exercise control over interracial couples by using emotions in adjudicating and authenticating love in the crackdown on supposed ‘sham’ interracial/national marriages. States do this through legal and organizational practices to constitute their emotional authority. These processes illustrate collective attitudes towards interracial couples which contain a threat of intimacy that these couples represent to the nation through an examination citizenship laws and the experiences of mixed international couples in the Republic of Ireland as a way to understand the experiences of mixed couples and families within a global context.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Mixed couples; interracial couples; multiracialism; biracialism; migration; globalization; nationhood; emotions;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 11985
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    Depositing User: Dr Rebecca King O Riain
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 14:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Intercultural Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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